Including voice controls in devices and software is very trendy these days, but not all audio assistants are created equally. Microsoft's Cortana Assistant has not received much traction compared to Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant, but Microsoft is still trying. It won't try pretty hard, though. Cortana will no longer inject itself into the installation process on some versions of Windows 10 because it can be quite annoying.
Microsoft announced Cortana (named after AI in Halo) at its BUILD conference in 2013. This was an era when Apple still dominated the market's voice assistant, but Google's enhanced voice search capabilities came in strong. Microsoft would not remain in the dust, so it launched Cortana as part of the Windows Phone. It did not store Windows Phone, but Cortana eventually found a home in Windows 10.
From spring 2017, Microsoft decided that Windows 10 should have a prominent voice option in the setup. There were already several accessibility tools in the Windows setup, but Cortana himself announced that everyone would like it. For the most part, people did not like it. You can argue that turning off Cortana was a minor annoyance and continuing to point and click, but what if you set up many PCs? This is where the change comes in.
IT professionals and business users have repeatedly complained about the Cortana option option since it rolled out. These are people who are often trapped in small rooms with a dozen computers while they are set up for the first time. Having all the computers that speak to you automatically during setup can be almost night-time, as illustrated in the video above.
So, Microsoft admits defeat on that front. Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise and Education versions of the operating system will not have Cortana enabled during setup anymore. However, Home users must continue to tell Cortana to stay off when creating a new PC. Cortana has improved over the years, but it is still less skilled than competing voice assistants. Microsoft's claim that Cortana only connects to Microsoft services like Edge and Bing does not help. Even Microsoft had to admit that Edge didn't take on.
We expect the upgraded installation process to roll out as part of the spring of 2019 Windows 10 update, with the code name 19H1. The building should include a new light theme and an integrated app sandbox for Pro and Enterprise editions.